Back pain prevented Mathieu Van Der Poel from competing in the World Championships XCO race in Val di Sole last August
, and now Team Alpecin-Fenix has announced that Van Der Poel won't be able to defend his world cyclocross title later this month.
CyclingTips has further reported
that it could be months before we see the 26-year-old Dutch powerhouse back racing. The injury Van der Poel is suffering from is called retrolisthesis and Van der Poel’s team doctor Guy De Schutter explained to Het Nieuwsblad that one of the discs in his back isn't fully functioning and needs complete rest to heal, something that will take some time.
The Alpecin Fenix team announced it signed Mathieu Van Der Poel for a further four seasons in September
and the team supports is supporting Van Der Poel rest period and his recovery. Van der Poel has been part of the Belgian outfit for the past ten years and will continue to race in their colours until the end of 2025.
We wish Mathieu Van Der Poel all the best with his recovery and hope to see him back racing all disciplines pain-free, including World Cup XC, later this season.